Kelechi Iheanacho scores his first league goal this season for Leicester


Kelechi Iheanacho scored his first goal of the season for Leicester,  coming from behind to defeat Everton 2-1 and creeping closer to Liverpool with just eight points.

The Nigerian born striker had not played a single minute of Premier League football since begining of this season prior to being summoned from the bench just after the half time break. 


"The best teams have spirit," said Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers of his side's fightback. "This is a team that is so strong together. Kelechi is a wonderful demonstration of someone who trains with a great attitude every day.

"It was about giving him the confidence and reinforcing his role. The rest was him. I'm absolutely delighted for him."

The visitors scored the first goal of the match at the King Power stadium, as Everton produced a stunning performance. Everton goal was scored by Richarlison.


"A really harsh result for the players and the club. We deserved more from this game," said Silva.

"No one can say anything about the players' commitment, attitude 
or desire."

The home team saw two half-hearted appeals for a penalty waived away for challenges on Ayoze Perez by the time that referee Graham Scott did point to the spot for Mason Holgate's apparent trip on Ben Chilwell.

However, after a lengthy VAR review concluded there was no contact had been made and the Foxes were frustrated once more.

Leicester laboured in the search for an equaliser, but the introduction of Iheanacho as a substitute just after the hour mark provided the much-needed spark.

His first effort was too close to Jordan Pickford, but he got in behind the Everton defence again moments later and squared for Vardy for score his 13th goal of the season at the back post.

"Kelechi caused a few more problems for the defenders, he got us into space and he got the winner which he deserves," said Vardy. "He thoroughly deserves this."

Just as Leicester were turning the screw, Everton were inches away from retaking the lead in spectacular fashion as substitute Moise Kean nearly scored his first goal for the club with a curling effort that hit the side-netting.

Silva's men appeared to have weathered the Leicester storm, but deep into added time Iheanacho collected Ricardo Pereira's pass, turned inside and found the bottom corner.

A nervous wait ensued with the linesman's flag raised, but a VAR check ruled the former Manchester City man onside for his first league goal since September 2018.

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